Inspiring the next generation to reach higher

Study Education

Nau mai, haere mai – welcome to the School of Education – Te Kura Toi Tangata – New Zealand’s leading school of education.

Research that makes a difference, quality programmes and inspiring leadership are what makes us distinctive.

Our flexible on-campus and online programmes are grounded in current theories in education and offer opportunities for real-life practical experiences. Our sought-after graduates establish successful careers in New Zealand and overseas. Waikato’s School of Education offers a supportive and friendly environment and provides graduates with an education that is first-rate.

Rated as one of the leading educational research centres in the country, our researchers contribute to areas such as teacher education, special education, educational leadership, counsellor education, and Māori education.

Pathways to teaching

Inspire the next generation, transform learning and foster imagination by becoming a teacher. A qualification in teaching from the University of Waikato will set you up to become a skilled and reflective teacher. We produce qualified teachers who are in high demand both in New Zealand and around the world.

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Social Sciences

Social Sciences will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it, study in this area will focus on contemporary social issues and concepts of social responsibility through an education lens. Highly sought after our graduates develop invaluable research skills and a well-developed understanding of educational trends and how they influence different industries or areas beyond the classroom.

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Postgraduate study

Our programmes are designed for educational practitioners who want to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in Education, Educational Leadership, Counselling or Disability and Inclusion Studies.

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Why study Education at Waikato?

  • School experience from the first day of your degree, right through until your final year
  • A small student to staff ratio
  • 50+ years of teacher education
  • Flexibility to find a study pathway that suits your lifestyle - whether that's on campus in Hamilton or Tauranga or online via our MMP programmes
  • Access to the latest research via Institutes attached to the school
  • Social science majors in areas such as Human Development, Education and Society and Digital Learning

Student Success Stories

Anthony Lander

Anthony Lander

Studying for a Graduate Diploma in Teaching

Inspired to pursue a change in career, Anthony is nearing the end of his Graduate Diploma in Teaching where his passion for education will help him lead youth in the Waikato.

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Emily Johnstone

Emily Johnston

Studying for a Bachelor of Teaching in Primary

Inspired by her volunteer work in Kenya, Emily is studying to be a teacher at our new Tauranga campus. Once qualified, Emily aims to return to Kenya to make a difference to children’s lives.

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